The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

Don’t just do something! Stand there!

The problem with proverbial advice is that it doesn’t come with instructions. We have “Look before you leap” pitted against “He who hesitates is lost.” This is the tension we feel when we need something done,


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Great Expectations

Disappointment may be a big part of life, but we never really get used to it, do we? Even the more cynical among us whose expectations are low sometimes discover they were not low enough.


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Attacking Anxiety

One of the more intimidating commands in the entire Bible is the first part of Philippians 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing.” You can almost hear people, maybe yourself, reply, “Seriously, Paul? I mean, have you met my boss?” Or “Really, Paul, you should have been here when I got back my medical test results.”


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Living in the Past

The Apostle Paul made clear that his focus was the present. He confessed his self-righteous past, renouncing it for the fellowship and riches of knowing Jesus (Philippians 3:13, 14).


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Sleeping Through the Storm

Working though Psalm 4, I was taken with how David described his response to his distress (vv. 2, 8). His honor was being questioned by his enemies, he is being lied about, and he is thinking through how to respond. He had asked God to intervene after recounting His previous faithful interventions.


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Embrace the Day!

No doubt there are many nights in which we long for the morning, and days we wish were shorter. We look for the day when the trial will pass or the pain subside. We wish this period of time were over so that a better time can come.


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Why all the blood? Part Three

We’ve seen that the endless stream of blood sacrifices in our Old Testament implies good and bad news. The bad news is the Awfulness of Sin and the good news is the Acceptability of Sacrifice. On the one hand, we deserve death, but on the other,


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Why all the blood? Part Two

Once it settles in upon your soul that the God of Creation takes sin seriously, as seen in the blood sacrifices of His worshipers, the question comes as to how it all works.


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Why all the blood?

When you first wade into the Bible, you realize you are quickly in deep water. Adam and Eve are clothed with the skins of innocent animals to cover their nakedness. In the very next story, Abel is murdered because God was pleased with his offering, which was from the best of his flocks.


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Stepping Up

The Bible says that all things are to be done decently and in order, which means that all things are to be done. Sometimes there may be no expert available, and our own availability is the greatest gift we can give to others.


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